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MMCC Educational Talent Search program includes area’s top graduates

The Educational Talent Search program (ETS), a federally funded program administered locally by Mid Michigan Community College, intends to increase the number of Clare and Gladwin County students who complete college degrees.

Program membership has grown to more than 500 6-12th grade students since MMCC received its grant funding in 2012. Students from Clare, Harrison, Gladwin, Farwell, Beaverton and Coleman schools are eligible for membership.

This year ETS membership included 11 of the 17 valedictions and salutatorians from participating high schools’ graduating classes. Those students include: Ashley Blackburn, Gladwin High School valedictorian; Erika Buzzell, Gladwin High School valedictorian; Abigail Denton, Clare High School valedictorian; Patsy Howe, Beaverton High School salutatorian; Jorden Jacobs, Gladwin High School salutatorian; Quincy Jones, Harrison High School salutatorian; Ellen Loubert, Gladwin High School salutatorian; Amanda Lovejoy, Coleman High School valedictorian; Lars Murray, Coleman High School salutatorian; Samuel Robison, Coleman High School salutatorian; and Alexis West, Harrison High School valedictorian.

ETS activities promote cultural, social, and educational awareness in order to encourage educational continuation past high school. Program members are assisted in determining, preparing for, and getting into whatever colleges they choose. Through the ETS program, students also receive waivers for college application fees, ACT retakes, and they can take advantage of exclusive scholarships for ETS students.

“The ETS program supports students who want to make their college dreams a reality, and so we’re really happy to see how many honor students are taking advantage of the opportunities that it provides,” says ETS Program Director Marliee Kujat.

For more information about the Educational Talent Search program, visit midmich.edu/ets or contact Kujat at mkujat@midmich.edu or at 386-6622, ext. 529.

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